Last updated : 17 December 2004 By editor

"No-one had scored two at Anfield until the mighty Eagles went there, so we are looking to replicate that, to break their run of not conceding a goal and break our little mini run," said Dowie.

"I am a positive person and am going up there looking to get a result."

Dowie's family still live in the north-west following his time at Oldham and he is looking forward to getting a taxi home.

"I had a nice chat with Alex after last time the Carling Cup game. It is handy because I don't have to shoot off, I will be able to spend a bit of time with my family up there. So I am sure we will have a glass of red afterwards - he always has a very good red, does Alex."

Dowie is a Fergie admirer and the last time he dropped in for a glass he detected a desire within his opposite number:

"You could tell he had that hunger to re-establish Manchester United as the number one club in this country, in terms of winning that league championship," said Dowie. You can see it burns in his eyes, he has got that special desire to be number one again. He has rebuilt the side, and you look at the firepower he has now. He has got Louis Saha, Alan Smith, Wayne Rooney and Ruud van Nistelrooy - there can't be too many better forwards than that in this country."